Thursday, October 13, 2011

Deliberate Indifference to Inmate's Serious Medical Needs

We are involved in litigation in several incidents where our clients died or were seriously injured as a result of jails "deliberate indifference to the inmate's serious medical needs".

This issue is becoming more and more prevalent throughout the State of Alabama as budget constraint affect every town, municipality and County.

Inmates are being denied the most basic medical care as well as being subjected to serious overcrowding which only exacerbates the issues at hand. We have also seen a number of instances where clients have been denied or withheld from their anti-psychotic medications. This can cause problems for not only the inmates but pose a significant threat to jail staff and other inmates.

A judge often considers the medical conditions in determining whether or not to lower bond so keep that in mind if you have a loved one or family member in jail that are pre-trial detainees. If they have already been sentenced and they face these issues they often just need someone to bring these issues to the attention of jail or prison personnel.

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